And he came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophets, He shall be called a Nazarene.
Matthew 2:23 (KJV)
Nazareth – So Yeshua fulfilled a prophecy that He would be called a Nazarene by moving to the city of Nazareth. Makes sense, right? Pretty straightforward. But there’s just one problem. There’s no such prophecy that the Messiah would come from Nazareth. Continue reading “The Nazarene”
Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men.
Matthew 12:31 (KJV)
Blasphemy against the Holy Ghost – It’s the one unforgivable sin, right? But what does it actually mean? There’s all sorts of ideas out there from just verbally swearing against it, to not accepting it. And the consensus seems to be that if you do this thing once, you’re out of luck and will be judged without forgiveness. Continue reading “Blasphemy of the Spirit”
Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
Matthew 28:19 (KJV)
In the name of – Names are a big deal in the Hebrew culture during Biblical times. Continue reading “In the Name of”
But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master, even Christ; and all ye are brethren.
Matthew 23:8 (KJV)
Rabbi – I just listened to short video where a pastor of a church makes the claim that Rabbi Jonathan Cahn, the author of the bestseller The Harbinger, is a false teacher because he uses the title ‘Rabbi’. The pastor used this verse from Matthew 23 as the crux of his argument. Now while I can understand the arguments of some that Rabbi Cahn might be false, is this really Yeshua’s point in the verse above? Continue reading “Rabbi”
And I brought him to thy disciples, and they could not cure him.
Matthew 17:16 (KJV)
Cure – In the book Jehuda Halevi by Isaak Heinemann, an interesting metaphor is made describing those men, who meaning to do good, set out to do it on their own terms and not necessarily according to divine ordinances. In a conversation between the Khazari and a Rabbi, the Rabbi is explaining how the root of belief is the same as the root of unbelief. He goes on to describe the scene at Mt Sinai and the golden calf, or rather, those involved with the proposal of building the golden calf. Continue reading “Ineffective Prescriptions”
Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ and behold, the log is in your own eye?
Matthew 7:4 (NASB)
Speck, log – There’s an interesting relationship here. At first we instantly notice that a speck is tiny and the log, or beam, is quite large. But do we derive a teaching upon the size alone? Continue reading “Judging Others”
Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.
Matthew 26:41 (KJV)
Spirit/flesh – Have you noticed that the battle is always between the spirit and the flesh? It’s never between the soul and the flesh. Stop and think about that a bit. We always think of the soul as this innocent ‘true form’ of who we are, and that it battles our fleshly shell which is prone to sin. This way of thinking is deeply rooted in Hellenism stemming from the Greek philosopher, Plato. But that’s not what Yeshua says here is it? Yeshua was Hebrew, so He thought like a Hebrew, not as a Greek philosopher. The battle according to Yeshua is between the spirit and the flesh. Continue reading “The Spirit vs. The Flesh”
The same day came to him the Sadducees, which say that there is no resurrection, and asked him,
Matthew 22:23 (KJV)
Resurrection – What does it mean, to resurrect? Think about this question before reading further. Most would agree that it is to bring back to life something that was dead. The Greek word for this is anastasis and is defined as “a rising from the dead”. It’s supported in the Old Testament by the words of the prophet Isaiah. Continue reading “The Resurrection”
Verily I say unto you, This generation shall not pass, till all these things be fulfilled.
Matthew 24:34 (KJV)
Generation – Boy does this cause some confusion. Is the text really saying that no one among that living generation will die until all those signs happen? If so, then Yeshua had to have returned already, right? Well that’s what the Preterists believe. Me, not so much. Continue reading “A Long Generation”
Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a public example, was minded to put her away privily.
Matthew 1:19 (KJV)
Just – We can really open up a can of worms with this one. So let’s start with this: do you believe that it’s impossible to keep the law of God? Is that what you’ve been taught? Well then you need to take a look at this word, dikaios, which means “keeping the commandments of God”. Joseph was a dikaios man. He kept the law of God. So rather than making excuses as to why you can’t, you need to take on the motto of Nike and… just do it. Continue reading “Just Do It”